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Old 07-28-2015, 06:21 PM   #1
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RV dealership professions ...long time idea.

I am a teacher who wants to leave the profession for all the reasons that you hear of, it's just time and I am ready!! What do I want to do next for employment??? Nothing typical for sure... I know I want something fun and exciting and where I get to see people happy. All summer long when I share my leaving idea with people and they ask me what would you do if you left the profession ...??? I respond....WORK FOR AN RV DEALER. I get the looks believe me... oh the weirdest facial expressions. I think this is an awesome idea for the camping lover that I am. When they think about it ... then they are like I guess you would love it... I know I would.

I don't want to be the saleswomen or anything like that as I really am NO sales person... but, I love all things camping and often just go to the local dealership and walk around checking out the new Rigs eves dropping on others as they shop around me. I love seeing the excitement on people as they look for their dream campers or their first campers...my favorite are the people who have no idea what they are looking for... My favorite past time when I am googling stuff is looking at random campers, prices, and deals at various dealerships around the country. GEEK.... I am. I would make a great customer sales rep or consultant or in take worker dealing with new customers who are just beginning their process.

Now how to go about this???... when I look at the websites here in Richmond locally I just see sales positions or service positions.... there has to be a ME position. Any ideas?
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Sounds like me! I love to go and look at new rigs, my wife keeps me from it though. I've been RV'ing since 1957 and the only RV's I haven't had are a pop up or 5th wheel.
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Old 07-28-2015, 08:13 PM   #3
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Suggest you make your wishes known to a few dealers within easy driving distance a month or so prior to their show season. The shows are nearly impossible to staff correctly with full time people and the right outfit would be happy to have an extra hand about then. I'm betting they would be more than willing to have you work a coach or 2 for them! You do not need to be a professional to do this kind of thing, but it would help if you were able to familiarize yourself with the coaches you'd be working. You'll be more relaxed, and maybe actually be able to help answer a question or 2! I'd ask for duty regarding something I was interested in myself, as your enthusiasm for the product will be very apparent to anyone you are talking to about it. If you do stumble into somebody that seems to be really interested, you'll likely be asked to introduce the customer to one of the store's pros - so no pressure there.

Just a warning, something I learned when I was much younger. I worked around RV's a ton (eventually 20 years worth), so they were no big deal. I looked forward to being around boats. Couldn't get enough of them. Read everything available. One day I had a chance to interview for a job running a pretty good sized marina. My excitement obviously bubbled over and I wound up with the job. 2 seasons go by, we do OK, but I found myself really disliking the responsibilities more and more. Worse, being forced to work hardest when I wanted to play most (when the weather was nice!)! Great hobby, not so nice a profession. Just sayin....

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Old 07-28-2015, 08:19 PM   #4
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Thank you so much for your suggestions and ideas they are appreciated. OH no working instead of camping? Hummmmm something to think about.
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Old 07-28-2015, 08:28 PM   #5
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Thank you so much for your suggestions and ideas they are appreciated. OH no working instead of camping? Hummmmm something to think about.
Wise man once told me "never let your avocation become your vocation". Good luck with your decision
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You say you don't want to be in sales but don't be scared by that. If you like RVing and understand it the selling is not that difficult. Just remember, don't ever answer a question by guessing. If someone asks you a question that you can't answer don't BS them. Just say, "I don't know but I will find out for you", then the next time you will know the answer. Some people will set a trap for you to see how you respond. A wrong answer will send them on their way, an honest answer will always be appreciated.

Find a local dealer that will let you hang around to talk to customers. Since you are a teacher you can do it in the summer during school break. It will also let you see how the dealer operates and handles customer service. You may be ready to give it up if you see they are not treating people the way you like it. Some dealers are great and some not so great. CW is probably not the place to get your feet wet, pick a small mom/pop dealer.
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I absolutely love our dealer, they have helped us find our rigs, knowing what we were looking for and contact when something came in that they knew we would want to see. BUT they delivery can be an issue since we can usually only get over there on Saturday mornings when they are busiest.

I really think that dealers should have a specialist team for delivery and instruction. A team of folks like you, that love every aspect of camping and that will walk the buyer thru the unit 'introduction'. I would have loved to have someone take us thru the set up of our new to us Winnie when we picked it up. More than just show us, actually take us to an empty lot and let us set up so we could ask the appropriate questions. That probably seems silly to the experienced folks but we could have used the help, and we are not novices. I would have paid a bunch to have that done when we bought our first unit!
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How about getting a dealer to let you do the PDI on new trailers?


People are always happy and excited then.


You can provide a valuable service at the same time teaching people about their new rig!
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There's a lot of detail, not to mention cleaning, involved in a PDI. One that's worth a darn anyway.

We always had the tech that serviced the coach for delivery do the actual customer demo on it. If he's done his job properly, he'll know the location of every bell and whistle on that coach, as he's (she's) just been paid to make sure it all works, and it's clean. Who is going to know that coach any better? They're done when they're done. There were never any time limits imposed.

Doing demo's is not a place I'd put somebody without a substantial amount of experience (with coaches, and people!). They need to know the answers - and the dealers reputation is at stake. If something gets far enough sideways during this show and tell, often a customer starts wondering about their new purchase. Stuff can spiral at that point. If something goes wrong here, it's not easily forgotten. You'll have to earn the trust you just blew back the hard way. Not a good place to be from the dealer's perspective.
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There are also jobs in sales administration. Someone's got to go through the trailers and motor homes taking pictures and writing descriptions to enter on the internet. It's a big job that the dealer principals and their sales managers just don't have time to do. And internet marketing is a big portion of their business. Those with the best websites and maintenance on those websites are the producers in the business.
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Some back office jobs as well, doing the DMV and financial paperwork. Or some dealers have a service/parts dept and need help there thatis not specifically technician repair type jobs.

I like the internet marketing suggestion from Bamaman.
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Wise man once told me "never let your avocation become your vocation". Good luck with your decision
That has been my experience as well. The grass is always greener.
I exited the engineering profession for a spell during my career and owned a small business with employees and equipment. There were many things about it that were enriching. Pay wasn't one of them for me. All the education I had that made me decent money as a professional didn't mean squat in my new line of work. And if you are working for someone else, they may be asking "what good is a teacher going to be to my RV business? She doesn't even know what she wants to do." So be prepared and have an answer for that. Also be aware that all of the crud that you have to deal with is there in different forms at your new job. ya gotta tell someone their new to them RV is going to cost $3500 to get back on the road. Maybe someone can't get financing for their RV. Someone doesn't like the way her seat hits the boil on the back of her upper leg and wants to show it to you just so you understand. Someone should have told me that you have to take the open end of the sewer hose out of the basement before you open the valve.....You know.

That said: I have known people, teachers in particular, who left teaching and went into business for themselves (I know you aren't going into business for yourself.) and they turned out being just about the most successful starting from scratch business folks i have known. The key to success and happiness is to have a plan....a roadmap to get there. Maybe the dealer that knows you the best can talk with you about your dreams. And talk you in or out of them!
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Sounds to me like you would be an excellent salesman......... and you would probably be the type that really knows tons about what you are selling. This is not typical, and you would probably end up being a sales manager or owning a dealership.

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ahicks: I appreciate and respect your view from the dealers side.

From the buyers side: You said: "If something gets far enough sideways during this show and tell, often a customer starts wondering about their new purchase. Stuff can spiral at that point."


Nothing would make me, as a buyer, go "sideways" or "wonder about the new purchase" than some item being broken or not working during the PDI.


It is a new unit and I expect everything to work, and be close to perfection, or don't schedule the PDI, ask for payment or show it to me.


Leave the mechanic in the service bay to make triple sure that unit is ready for delivery BEFORE the PDI.


Before the naysayers respond and say that I can't expect perfection: I have bought multiple units. All of them were ready for delivery, everything worked and were"perfect."
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